What Causes TMD/TMJ?
TMD refers to a variety of conditions that cause problems with the temporomandibular joint, which is located just below the ear. This delicate joint connects your jaw to your skull, and it is used for many daily activities like chewing, yawning, and speaking. When the joint is damaged by things like teeth grinding and clenching, trauma from an injury, overuse or inflammation, it can cause TMD/TMJ and lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms that effect your day-to-day life.
Symptoms Of TMJ/TMD
The most common symptoms are pain and tenderness in your jaw, face, neck, and ear. If you have TMJ/TMD, you may also experience difficulty opening your mouth all the way, along with “popping” or “clicking” sounds coming from your jaw. It might also be difficult to bite properly, and your jaw may get stuck in a certain position from time to time. Though all cases of TMJ/TMD are different, these issues are a sure sign that something is wrong with your jaw. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation at Enamel Dentistry for diagnosis and treatment.
The Effects of TMJ/TMD
TMJ/TMD can make it difficult for you to chew, eat, and speak properly. Your temporomandibular joint is used for many daily activities, so the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ/TMD can dramatically disrupt your day-to-day life. If you have TMJ/TMD, you don’t need to suffer through your day. With proper treatment, we can provide relief from pain and discomfort and help get your life back to normal.
Nightguards & TMJ Appliances
A custom nightguard or other oral appliance is often the first step in treating TMJ/TMD. These retainer-like devices are worn during sleep, and can shift the jaw into a more natural, relaxed position to promote proper healing of the joint. Nightguards can also help prevent clenching and grinding, which is a major cause of TMJ/TMD. Lifestyle changes may also be recommended along with a nightguard or TMJ appliance. If this is not enough to resolve your issue, other alternatives like anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or cortisol injections may be suggested to help relieve your symptoms.